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Some 650,000 students went back to school yesterday in Los Angeles and most of them returned to crowded classrooms. Some classes can have more than 40 kids in them, which means less time with the teacher. And last year, Chinese tourists made 109 million trips out of the country, now Airbnb wants a piece of that action. The company recently raised a stunning $1.5 billion from investors and announced yesterday that it’s planning to use some of that money to set up shop in China. Then, where can you get a 4-hour, 20 course Japanese meal, the best French omelette on Planet Earth and a goat taco -- all in one day? Los Angeles, of course. But not everyone is sharing in this bounty. In today’s installment of our Making L.A. series, we explore L.A.’s food scene and food policy issues. Finally, Clifton’s cafeteria opened near the corner of Broadway and 7th street in 1935. It was family owned until 2010, when nightlife impresario Andrew Meieran bought the property. He closed Clifton’s in 2012 to revamp and remodel the interior and the brand new Clifton’s is set to open on September 17.

Producers:
Matt Holzman
Anna Scott
Jolie Myers
Christian Bordal
Ryan Kailath

Back to School: Class Sizes 17 MIN, 6 SEC

Some 650,000 students went back to school yesterday in Los Angeles and most of them returned to crowded classrooms. Some classes can have more than 40 kids in them. And that means, of course, less time with the teacher. We look at what that means for education in Los Angeles. 

Guests:
Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times (@howardblume )
Ellie Herman, education writer and former teacher (@GatsbyInLA)

Airbnb Targets China 6 MIN, 27 SEC

Last year, Chinese tourists made 109 million trips out of the country. Now, Airbnb wants a piece of that action. Last June, the company raised a stunning $1.5 billion from investors and just announced that it’s planning to use some of that money to set up shop in China. What are the challenges?

Guests:
Alison Griswold, Slate.com (@alisongriswold)

More:
Airbnb Wants to House Tons of Chinese Tourists. That’s a Lot Tougher Than It Sounds.

Making L.A.: Food 15 MIN, 37 SEC

Where can you get a 4-hour, 20 course Japanese meal, the best French omelette on Planet Earth and a goat taco -- all in one day? Los Angeles, of course: this city is a culinary wonderland. But not everyone is sharing in this bounty. In this installment of our Making L.A. series, we talk about what’s happening in the food scene, and food policy.


Food vendor on Wilshire Boulevard
Photo: Stu Spivack

Guests:
Evan Kleiman, host 'Good Food' (@evankleiman)
Clare Fox, Executive Director of the Los Angeles Food Policy Council. (@clarefoxinla)

Clifton’s Cafeteria Set to Reopen 7 MIN, 20 SEC

An indoor redwood forest. Animatronic wildlife. More Jello than you could possibly imagine, and space for 600 diners. Clifton’s downtown cafeteria opened near the corner of Broadway and 7th street in 1935. It was family owned until 2010, when nightlife impresario Andrew Meieran bought the property. He closed Clifton’s in 2012 to revamp and remodel the interior. And the brand new Clifton’s is set to open on September 17.

Guests:
Charles Phoenix, Author and pop-culture humorist

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